Exploring Spirituality With Older People: (2) A rigorous process

Laurence Lepherd, Cath Rogers, Richard Egan, Helen Towler, Coralie Graham, Andrea Nagle, Ilsa Hampton

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Exploring Spirituality With Older People is a research project which has aimed to develop a valid assessment tool for understanding more of the spirituality of older people living in an aged care facility. A qualitative methodology using semi-structured interviews was chosen as the most appropriate way to explore spirituality which led to addressing the question of what constitutes validity and reliability in such a study. An approach involving reflection on the process at four phases of the project by three different groups of people–consultants, participants and participant interviewers, was seen to be suitable and would best serve the process of achieving a rigorous approach in the move towards validity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-304
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020


  • Aging
  • assessment
  • midwifery
  • nurses
  • nursing
  • qualitative
  • research
  • rigor
  • spirituality
  • validity


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